I used to use it a lot for BW but with the M9, I actually just convert in PS (there's a bw option there) and do minor curves/brightness/contrast with layer adjustments. I don't find digital M grain to be annoying to be honest.
I'm thinking that it kind of defeats the purpose if you use Nik to make a Monochrom image look like Ilford or Neopan.
Having said that, what exactly is that "new aesthetic" that they have been talking about saying that the Monochrom isn't emulating film and that it has its own signature look? The photographs I have seen so far aren't yet that definitive in terms of "signature".
I'm asking just to see how the "general" populace will treat a Monochrom image.
Here's a sample image without Nik. I was asking myself how this same photograph would look like if it was shot with a Monochrom... if it would be any different in terms of "aesthetic".
I guess it's still early days and there are more questions than answers.
For me, I would probably eschew the Nik freebie and pursue the Monochrom path if and when. If it's going to be better than how I processed this image (and I'm not saying this is how it should be processed, btw. this is just how i do my bw's) then I'd be in deep trouble.
Would like to know what you folks think. Thank you.
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